Financial Review

Anti-Austerity Gets Wind in Sails

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-02-02-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 12:46 — 5.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW + 196 = 17,361 SPX + 25 = 2020 NAS + 41 = 4676 10 YR YLD – .01 = 1.67% OIL + 1.59 = 49.83 GOLD – 9.30 = 1274.80 SILV – .05 = 17.28 Americans cut spending in December by the largest amount since 2009; we knew spending on energy would be lower but consumers did not rush out and spend the money. Household savings from lower energy costs, were partly offset in December by higher spending on drugs, health care and housing. These expenses continue to eat up a large portion of American incomes. Incomes posted another solid gain and falling inflation is allowing Americans to get more bang for their buck. Personal spending fell a seasonally adjusted 0.3% last month. Personal income, meanwhile, rose 0.3%. Since income growth outpaced spending, the amount of money individuals save jumped to 4.9% from 4.3% to mark the highest level since midsummer. The Commerce Department reports construction spending rose 0.4% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate $982.1 billion, led by public spending. Private-construction spending rose 0.1% in December, with a 0.3% increase for residential projects and a 0.2% decline for nonresidential projects. Meanwhile, public-construction spending rose 1.1% in December. The ISM Manufacturing Report for January dropped from 55.1 to 53.5. Any reading above 50 indicates the manufacturing sector is expanding, just not as fast. Germany’s Angela …

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Greek Drama

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-01-06-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review by Sinclair Noe DOW – 130 = 17,371 SPX – 17 = 2002 NAS – 59 = 4592 10 YR YLD – .08 = 1.96% OIL – 2.23 = 47.81 GOLD + 14.20 = 1220.30 SILV + .36 = 16.65 The 114th Congress convened today for the first time. Mitch McConnell was selected as Senate Majority Leader. John Boehner was elected to a third term as Speaker of the House. The good news is that it won’t take much effort to outperform the 113th Congress; that bar was set pretty low. Let’s quickly cover the economic data. Commerce Department report factory orders dropped 0.7% in November. Orders for durable goods fell 0.9%, while orders for non-durable goods fell 0.5%. The setback was paced by declining demand for business equipment such as electronics and industrial machinery. The Institute for Supply Management said its nonmanufacturing index fell to 56.2% from 59.3% in November. Yet readings over 50% signal that more businesses are expanding instead of contracting and the index is coming off a nine-year high, so some cool down might be inevitable. Retailers, hotels and restaurants topped the list of the 12 non-manufacturing industries that reported growth in December, another sign that gains in employment and cheaper gasoline are giving American households a boost. Cheaper fuel helped drive down the index of prices paid at service providers to 49.5, the first time since September …

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Milk and Cookies in the Land of No Satisfaction

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-11-05-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW + 100 = 17,484 SPX + 11 = 2023 NAS – 2 = 4620 10 YR YLD un = 2.35% OIL + 1.69 = 78.88 GOLD – 28.20 = 1141.00 SILV – .72 = 15.42 Record highs for the Dow Industrials and the S&P 500. The midterm election is history, and it was a big night for the GOP. Republicans will have at least 52 Senate seats, a gain of 7. In the House, the GOP will now have at least 243 seats, a gain of 14. The GOP also gained 2 net governorships. So it was a big night. However, Obama was not on the ballot, even though some of the campaign ads made it sound that way; he’s got 2 more years and he still has veto power. It takes a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate to override a veto. Republicans have nowhere near two-thirds of either chamber. So, get ready for 2 more years of gridlock. One takeaway is that people are not satisfied with the economic progress of the past few years. While Wall Street is at record highs and the unemployment rate has dropped, that just isn’t enough. Fewer people participated in stock market gains and even though more people have jobs, the jobs aren’t paying what they used to. It doesn’t mean the numbers are wrong; the Dow closed at 17,484 and …

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Fluctuations

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-10-01-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:16 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 238 = 16,804 SPX – 26 = 1946 NAS – 71 = 4422 10 YR YLD – .10 = 2.40% OIL – .43 = 90.73 GOLD + 4.30 = 1214.00 SILV + .20 = 17.28 Yesterday, we talked about third quarter results. Most of the stock indices were down in September but still slightly positive for the third quarter. Today wiped out the third quarter gains. Why? Well, that’s always fun; the headlines offer a plethora of reasons, including “global worries” or maybe it’s a “market top” or “geopolitical hotspots” or “commodity crash” or maybe it’s just the start of a “rocky October”. I don’t claim to know why the markets dropped today, or any given day. I can read a chart, and I can identify patterns, but there are no guarantees. We follow macroeconomics and we analyze company P&Ls, but there are no guarantees. We do not get stuck in cheerleader mode like the talking heads on TV business shows, nor do we follow the perma-bears. Markets fluctuate; to paraphrase a line from J.P. Morgan, or maybe John Rockefeller. “Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.” That’s a quote from Warrant Buffet. We don’t yet know whether this is folly or a trend. We’ll just have to listen to the markets. The Institute for Supply Management’s index …

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A Messy Business

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCALIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-04-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review 09-04-2014 DOW – 8 = 17,069 SPX – 3 = 1997 NAS – 10 = 4562 10 YR YLD + .02 = 2.45% OIL – .98 = 94.56 GOLD – 8.40 = 1261.90 SILV – .11 = 19.16 Wall Street tried to rally but fizzled instead. The Dow and the S&P 500 hit new intraday records, only to close down on the day. The S&P energy index ended down 1.3% as the day’s worst performing sector in the S&P. Crude oil futures lost 1.1% to $94.56 as the dollar strengthened and weighed on commodities. Tomorrow brings the monthly jobs report. Payrolls processing firm ADP said private-sector payrolls increased by 204,000 last month after rising by 212,000 in July, with gains spread across a range of industries. While the report was a bit softer than expected, it marked the fifth straight month of gains above 200,000. The ADP report does not always predict the government jobs report but it is a general indicator of the report. The Institute for Supply Management said its services index rose from 58.7 in July to 59.6 last month, the highest reading since its inception in January 2008. The Commerce Department said the US trade deficit fell 0.6% to $40.5 billion in July, its smallest size since January. When adjusted for inflation, it reached its narrowest point since December 2013. A new survey from the Federal Reserve shows …

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You Can’t Get There From Here

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/SINCLAIR_NOE-SEG_1-09-02-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:15 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinancial Review DOW – 30 = 17,067 SPX – 1 = 2002 NAS + 17 = 4598 10 YR YLD + .08 = 2.42% OIL – 3.08 = 92.88 GOLD – 21.70 = 1266.50 SILV – .31 = 19.25 The S&P 500 hit an intraday record just over 2,006 shortly after the opening bell, but then turned negative. Morgan Stanley strategists said that the bull market could run for another five years and carry the S&P close to 3,000. They say the stock market is likely to keep “grinding higher,” helped by foreign investors for whom it’s “the only place to go.” But investors should remain aware of risks in the market, including the fact that zero interest-rate policies mean central bankers can’t lower rates to counter outside shocks. A strong dollar and continued concerns about demand pulled crude-oil futures to their lowest settlement since January. Brent futures ended at their lowest in nearly 18 months, and other energy commodities also notched multi-month lows. With Labor Day marking the end of the US driving season, refinery turnarounds are expected to start in earnest. Tensions rose in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, with President Vladimir Putin reportedly telling a European Commission leader he saying he could take Kiev in two weeks. Russia did not deny the report, although officials there said the remarks had been taken out of context. Libya’s outgoing cabinet has acknowledged …

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The Good, the Bad, and the Depressing

DOW + 129 = 16,956 SPX + 13 = 1973 NAS + 50 = 4458 10 YR YLD + .05 = 2.56% OIL – .13 = 105.24 GOLD – .80 = 1327.10 SILV + .02 = 21.08   Record high closes for the Dow and the S&P.   The record setting bull market run refuses to stumble. The S&P 500 has not seen a correction, a drop of 10%, for 1,002 days, and counting. This marks the fifth longest stretch without a correction since 1928. The average time between corrections is about 18 months; we’ve now gone 33 months without a 10% pullback.   The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index registered 55.3% in June, down slightly from May’s reading of 55.4%. Any number above 50% signals expansion. Separately, the research firm Markit said its final reading of US manufacturing conditions in June totaled 57.3, compared with a preliminary reading of 57.5; still the highest reading since May 2010. So the manufacturing sector has expanded for 13 consecutive months, but it wasn’t a month over month increase, and we have to remember that manufacturing was expanding in the first quarter as the broader economy was contracting by 2.9%. Today’s reports were decent news for manufacturing, but hardly great.   The Commerce Department reports construction spending increased 0.1% in May, following a 0.8% increase in April. Construction activity totaled $958 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in May, up 6.6% from a year ago. Single-family home construction was …

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014 – The Good, the Bad, and the Depressing

The Good, the Bad, and the Depressing by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 129 = 16,956 SPX + 13 = 1973 NAS + 50 = 4458 10 YR YLD + .05 = 2.56% OIL – .13 = 105.24 GOLD – .80 = 1327.10 SILV + .02 = 21.08   Record high closes for the Dow and the S&P.   The record setting bull market run refuses to stumble. The S&P 500 has not seen a correction, a drop of 10%, for 1,002 days, and counting. This marks the fifth longest stretch without a correction since 1928. The average time between corrections is about 18 months; we’ve now gone 33 months without a 10% pullback.   The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index registered 55.3% in June, down slightly from May’s reading of 55.4%. Any number above 50% signals expansion. Separately, the research firm Markit said its final reading of US manufacturing conditions in June totaled 57.3, compared with a preliminary reading of 57.5; still the highest reading since May 2010. So the manufacturing sector has expanded for 13 consecutive months, but it wasn’t a month over month increase, and we have to remember that manufacturing was expanding in the first quarter as the broader economy was contracting by 2.9%. Today’s reports were decent news for manufacturing, but hardly great.   The Commerce Department reports construction spending increased 0.1% in May, following a 0.8% increase in April. Construction activity totaled $958 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in …

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014 – An Airtight Defense

An Airtight Defense by Sinclair Noe   DOW + 15 = 16,737 SPX + 3 = 1927 (record close) NAS + 17 = 4251 10 YR YLD + .01 = 2.60% OIL – .27 = 102.39 GOLD – 1.30 = 1244.60 SILV – .01 = 18.90   Eight times a year the Federal Reserve gathers economic updates from the 12 districts and publishes the information about two weeks before its FOMC meetings. The data is published in a beige folder, and that is why it is called the Beige Book, although it might actually refer to the writing style. Anyway, economic activity expanded all across the country, with most districts reporting moderate or modest growth. Consumer spending expanded across almost all districts. Tourism was another bright spot and manufacturing activity expanded across the country. Home sales were described as “mixed across the country” even as home prices continue to rise. Labor markets were described as steady. Inflation was tame, with a slight exception for higher food prices in some areas.   In other words, when the Fed meets in a couple of weeks, there won’t be any big changes in monetary policy.   The Institute for Supply Management said its services index rose to 56.3%, its highest level since August, from 55.2% in April. That’s the number and they’re sticking with it.   The US trade deficit grew to $47 billion in April, up from $44 billion in March. Exports slowed in April, down slightly to $193 billion. Imports, meanwhile, …

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Monday, June 02, 2014 – Clean Power Plan

Clean Power Plan by Sinclair Noe DOW + 26 = 16,743 SPX + 1 = 1924 NAS – 5 = 4237 10 YR YLD + .07 = 2.53% OIL – .31 = 102.40 GOLD – 7.80 = 1244.50 SILV – .05 = 18.86   The ISM got it wrong this morning. The Institute for Supply Management reported its May manufacturing index came in at a weaker than expected 53.2, but there was a software problem that didn’t properly reflect season adjustments; the ISM issued a revision; the May index was 56.0; but for some reason, that wasn’t correct, so they issued another revision. The May manufacturing index was 55.4; that’s the number and they’re sticking with it. Embarrassing? Yes.   Meanwhile, stocks and bonds were all over the board. Stocks fell into negative territory early on, but bounced back as revisions were issued. Bonds are hyper sensitive to economic growth, and the yield on the 10 year note moved higher and stayed higher, despite the initial numbers and the revisions. And if you look past the revisions, and you should, because it appears to be nothing more than an honest mistake, caught quick and corrected; the bottom line is a pretty strong number for manufacturing, more or less in line with the idea of a second quarter bounce in the economy.   The bigger story this week will be the jobs report on Friday. It is widely expected the economy added about 200,000 to 215,000 jobs in May, which would …

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